What’s in a Name?

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Like I said, I’m really new to this blogging. I set this blog up much as I did my twitter account and other casual internet interactions. It was only when I saw an article about blog names that I thought ‘I didn’t really give mine one’ and decided to change it. I may well change it again if I can come up with some clever pun – I adore puns. In the meantime, the title I’ve chosen reflects my current primary interest – or should that be obsession? I am happiest when I am writing.

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My Picture Book Stories

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I have written a series of 5 (so far) stories which I’d love to have turned into children’s picture books.

They collectively form The Adventures of Ginny Giant and Sweetpea the Dragon

As of January 2014 I am seriously looking into getting them published.

I am connecting with authors and publishers on Twitter.I’ve always loved reading, and have been writing fan-fiction for over 20 years. Writers are my kind of people!

I have followed links to sites and posts giving advice.

I have already started to follow some of this advice. Hey, I’ve started this blog!

  • I haven’t had my stories illustrated. I can’t draw myself and all the articles I’ve read suggest that publishers like to assign their own artists.
  • I’ve registered the copyright on my stories with an online site. This is to protect me from copyright theft by members of the public at large as I move to the next stage: doing market research.
  • I am arranging to ‘field test’ the stories with some children I don’t know.
  • I am looking at the ‘who’ and the ‘how to’ of getting a literary agent.
  • I am researching children’s picture book publishers. So far the one I’d most love to carry my books is Little Tiger Press. I adore their books, and they fit best with the ‘vision’ I have for how I’d like my stories to look.
  • I am looking ahead to new titles I can add to my series. I have a long list of ideas and intend to make sure that amidst the process of trying to publish the first five, I don’t forget to write more!

Wish me luck!

Getting Started

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I’ve resisted having an online blog for some time. I’ve signed up to lots of sites and find I don’t get round to updating or contributing. I think nothing looks worse than a site that is neglected. Out of date information is worse than no information at all.

But now I’m an aspiring children’s picture book author. I’m hoping to get published.┬áMy existing online presence probably isn’t the best advertisement. So my New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to create and – more importantly – maintain a blog.

This is it.